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Recently I spent a large amount of time with 12 year old’s, I began to notice that they spend alot of time on their mobile phones so I began to wonder what effect this was really having on them. I asked simply tasks of them such as sweeping outside (there was little if any coordination), later that evening I asked for them to jot something on the note pad for me, the handwriting was almost unreadable. The following day I asked them to play a word guessing game where they couldn’t spell even simple words such as “quiet, morning, school”. I thought about this overnight and was left feeling really concerned is technology going to make our children stupid! Their phones even computers if there is a word misspelled its automatically corrected and the children are left with a easy way out and not learning anything. These kids go to school how is the teacher not picking up on this and why would parents not step up. Don’t let technology destroy your child’s up bringing, I’m not saying it’s evil just saying it doesn’t hurt to pick up pen and paper every now and then.


Posted by Jessica, 3rd July 2014


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  • I agree … the creative parts of their brains aren’t forming either.

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  • I was only talking to my girlfriend the other day about how awful our kids handwriting are.

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  • The way things are going 20 years down the track kids won’t know what a pen is or how to use it, quite a scary thought.


    • yeah i agree, but so funny that back in the oollllddddd days, you had to be a boy and rich to learn to write but in the future are the “poor” ones going to be the ones who can write?

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  • Im with you on this one i feel as tho the children of today revolve their lives around facebook, twitter, snapchat and so on.
    My daughter has trouble with spelling and her answer all the time is its ok my computer will correct it for me.
    The school my children attend hardly even use a pen and paper now its all on their laptops which i find hard to understand i thought the whole idea of going to school was to learn to read and write not how to use spell check.

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  • I disagree with you, what you are describing as a lack of writing and spelling skills needs to be addressed in the class room and with their parents. As for the co-ordination you spoke of, this seems strange to blame technology as they are 12 years old, their co-ordination skills would have developed (or not) a long time ago. Our daughter is 16, we’ve all embraced technology and it has not destroyed her upbringing, it has enhanced it. To each their own :-)

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  • Couldn’t agree more. Parents need to reduce the time their children spend infront of screens. It will do them the world of good.

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  • I totally agree with you. I do not allow my 5 year or 2 year old to play with any technology and I believe that compared to there cousins and all of the little kids I know they have go great imaginations. My 5 year old also have really good hand writing. But in saying this I am worried they will be struggling when they go to school because there us so much technology that is used in schools now

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  • It certainly is a concern of this generation but I must admit its not just the young ones who would be suffering with this. Recently I wrote my husband a note, ok it was a letter but after the first page my hand was hurting quite badly. I realised it had been quite some time since I had picked up a pen and paper. I also find myself checking the spelling of words I would have known a few years ago. Disappointing.

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  • It’s really common these days for the older primary students to have their own language. It’s sad that kids today can’t spell properly.

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  • I totally agree, I know they need to learn the technology but there definitely needs to be more balance. Their spelling and maths is deteriorating but so is their social interaction. Get a room full of teens and instead of actually interacting they spend most of their time texting or on FB Sometimes even texting someone that is in the room with them

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  • Being the parent of a 12 year old I know exactly what you are staying but it is a juggling act. They need to know how to use the technology but they also need to develop other ‘life’ skills. My son plays lots of sport so coordination and we limit time on technology and have him write etc. It is unfortunate that not all parents put these things in place.

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  • I have been staying this for years and it is true there is no real learning any more or what I knew as real learning

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  • Yes totally agree. Apparently people’s handwriting skills are already on the decline.

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  • It does get worse especially when they are like 13 to 16 non stop texting day and night I have experienced this with my both girls

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  • A well rounded education should be addressing all these things.

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